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The Crimson Debate

Last month, the Harvard Crimson issued a statement on the recent incidences of animal cruelty uncovered in Harvard and Harvard-affiliated laboratories.  The article, entitled “Confronting Cruelty: Harvard Should Not Tolerate Unnecessary Cruelty In Its Labs” and written collaboratively by the entire newspaper staff, is good… but the comments below it are even better.

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Elephant Painting Self-Portrait (http://www.exoticworldgifts.com/)

Last week, a friend of mine told me about a professor she knew who had conducted primate research back in the 1970s, long before animal testing was even an issue.  Apparently this professor quit the lab, because she could no longer handle the presumably traumatic experience of working with primates.  Upon hearing this story, I turned to my friend and asked why other researchers had not yet arrived at a similar conclusion.  So, after some thoughtful reflection, she replied that perhaps it was because not enough scientific research had been done to study all of the cognitive abilities of primates and other mammals, at least not enough to justify any drastic structural and ideological change.  Although I accepted her explanation, I was not entirely convinced.  Why do we need science to tell us something we already intuitively know?

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